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Leeways Packaging Services Ltd

Award-winning packaging company powers ahead to a sustainable future

Leeways is a family owned business established in 1971 and has grown to become one of the leading suppliers of thermoformed plastic packaging in the UK. The company, which employs 130 staff across three sites, manufactures up to 500 million plastic trays every year, which are 100 per cent recyclable and made from over 85 per cent recycled materials.

High energy use

As a high energy user of around 200,000 kWh per month at a cost of approximately £25,000 per month, Leeways were looking to reduce their environmental impact and drive down day to day costs.

Service above and beyond the competition

Leeways had already been in consultations with other solar PV providers for many months previous to Mypower's first conversation with Leeways in September 2018. In just 10 days we had carried out a detailed site survey, produced system designs, provided a full comprehensive quote and agreed the contract and signed it off. In true Mypower style we committed 100% of our time to offer Leeways the best solar PV system, going above and beyond others. 

Sustainability pledge

Sustainability is a major focus for Leeways. The solar panel installation from Mypower will save 172 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum that would otherwise be generated by traditional fossil fuels.

 

86 per cent of the electricity generated by the installation will be used by Leeways with the other 14 per cent  going back into the National Grid to help power local properties.

Leeways managing director, Lee Walding said "Not only does it fit perfectly with Leeways' determination to lower its carbon footprint and help protect the environment but it also makes good business sense as it will help lower energy bills in the longer term."

The 1,742 panels, which sit next to the company's headquarters at Churcham, Gloucestershire will generate up to 25 per cent of its power. With the cost of traditionally generated energy continuing to soar, switching to solar power makes good financial sense. Over the 25-year warranted life span of the panels, the Leeways installation is estimated to save the company more than £3 million in electricity costs.

Full project management

Mypower's moto is under promise and over deliver and as with all our installations we did exactly that. Ben Harrison who heads up Mypower explains "Every installation is different which is why we create bespoke system design proposals. Some challenges we had to overcome on this project included tight field boundaries, shading challenges, an adjacent footpath, planning permissions, difficult electrical connections, liaising with Leeways' insurers, rating valuation queries and finance proposals. We gave the Rolls Royce service - as we do always. Our fixed price quote was honored - no extras, despite extra work being carried out at the client's request"

Powering the future

In the first 3 full months of operation, the system has produced 15,650 kWh (9.7%) more than Mypower's predictions with their initial quote. By reducing their energy costs, Leeways can pass these savings onto their customers and help the whole food production industry become more sustainable and future proof.

Key facts and predictions with no subsidy or grants

  • 496.5 kW (1742 Panels) installed by Mypower.
  • 500,638 units of energy produced per annum.
  • £66,375 projected first year income and savings with 86% of electricity is used on site.
  • 17.7% projected first year return on capital invested, before capital allowance benefits.
  • 4.11 p/kWh - equivalent forward purchase price of 11.5M units of electricity over 25 years, including operations and maintenance costs.
  • 165 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided per annum.
  • 5.6 years system payback before finance, tax and capital allowance benefits
  • £3,700,000 is the total projected income and savings over 25 years less capex of £375,000= £3,325,000 margin.
  • 71% saving from solar PV electricity compared to grid supplied electricity at 14.54 p/kWh.

 

 

Lee Walding, Managing Director, Leeways...

"Mypower are highly knowledgeable and delivered a turnkey project from planning applications to negotiating the best possible rates for our export. We are delighted with the outcome, the service, advice and commitment Mypower gave to our PV installation; it was exceptional. We would happily recommend Mypower to anyone considering a solar PV project"